Welcome to the Global Value Chains Initiative

The Global Value Chains Initiative seeks to develop an industry-centric view of economic globalization that highlights the linkages between economic actors and across geographic space. It is a multi-year effort to test and develop the GVC framework with the aims of creating greater analytical precision, intellectual impact and policy relevance. Our efforts include a research agenda, a publishing thrust, the development and dissemination of industrial upgrading handbooks for practitioners, and a series of intensive workshops convened to test and broaden the framework through interactions among network participants and with the broader academic, policy-making and activist communities.

Featured Publications


Promoting Decent Work in Global Supply Chains in Latin America and the Caribbean: Key Issues, Good Practices, Lessons Learned and Policy Insights

Prepared by Gary Gereffi, Penny Bamber and Karina Fernandez-Stark, 2016

This International Labour Organisation (ILO) report uses a case-based approach to analyze circumstances under which economic and social upgrading have occurred simultaneously. It draws on existing studies of GSCs to examine their impacts and implications for the development of domestic firms, their contribution to productive transformation and structural change and their impacts on the quantity and quality of jobs in the LAC region.


Global Value Chains in a Changing World

Contributing Authors: Gary Gereffi & Timothy Sturgeon. Edited by Deborah K. Elms and Patrick Low, World Trade Organization (WTO), Fung Global Institute (FGI) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), 2013

Global value chains (GVC) are a major driving force of globalization that also promotes integration on multiple levels. This volume is the product of a dialogue with policy makers in the Asian region, where economists, political scientists, management specialists, development thinkers and business executives joined together in an exploration of the multiple dimensions of supply chains, what drives them, how they operate, how they adapt in a rapidly changing world, and what they mean for development and for policy.

Global Value Chains: Investment and Trade for Development

UNCTAD World Investment Report 2013

The 2013 World Investment Report provides an in-depth analysis, strategic development options and practical advice for policymakers and others on how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks associated with global value chains. This is essential to ensure more inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Global Value Chains in the Postcrisis World: A Development Perspective

Olivier Cattaneo, Gary Gereffi, and Cornelia Staritz, 2010

This new publication co-edited by CGGC Director Gary Gereffi explores the global economic crisis of 2008-2009 and the ways this phenomenon has exposed the growing interdependence of the world economy.